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1772 Sugar Ln Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 1,985,000

MLS #: 14005433

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4 / 1

A modern stone-and-cedar masterpiece on a 20-acre peninsula along the St. Joseph River commands every angle of the spectacular rustic view with a wraparound deck, terraced patios, tall windows and glass doors. Mature trees, broad grassy lawns and flo...

20591 Decatur Rd Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 1,595,000

MLS #: 14014178

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 4 / 0

DIAMOND LAKE ESTATE.. Northshore location with 110' of prime lake frontage. Amazing lake views and superior beachfront. Spacious brick ranch with full walkout basement features open living with windows galore that capture the beautiful lake views. Ma...

51752 Steininger Rd Marcellus, MI 49067

Listing Price: $ 989,000

MLS #: 13053132

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 1

Located on a 600 acre Chain of All Sports Lakes, This Lakefront Sanctuary is situated on 31.1 acres of land and 1300 feet of water frontage. Custom Built, 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath Cape Cod style home with 3,528 sq. ft. of living area, 10-ft ceilings on ...

21635 Howell Dr Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 850,000

MLS #: 13051470

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3 / 0

DIAMOND LAKEFRONT. Enjoy 100' of beautiful sandy frontage and fantastic views of Diamond Lake. This location will allow you to appreciate living on the lake. Spacious ranch is designed with entertaining in mind. Large lakeside deck leads to relaxing ...

1223 Rose Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 849,000

MLS #: 14013780

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 5 / 0

Ultra Custom home built in 2009 features 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and is located on 200 acre all Sports Barron Lake. Less than 25 minutes to Notre Dame and 1.45 hours from Chicago. This home is set up with lake living and entertaining in mind. Hardwoo...

61360 Crooked Creek Rd Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 729,900

MLS #: 13002827

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

Diamond Lake home with 75 feet of frontage. Spectacular Diamond Lake with sandy beach and prestine blue water. Lot is one half acre and has 90 feet of road frontage. Home is a remodel and has an additional 2200 square foot storage building with works...

70882 Baldwin Landing Dr Union, MI 49130

Listing Price: $ 596,500

MLS #: 13005391

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 / 0

This ultra custom home features a Main Floor Master Suite overlooking Baldwin Lake. Kitchen opens into a spacious great room that has gas/wood burning fireplace and magnificent views of Baldwin Lake. This home is quality throughout. Granite counter ...

11303 Elizabeth Dr Three Rivers, MI 49093

Listing Price: $ 525,000

MLS #: 14007001

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 / 1

Custom Built Home located on Clear Lake. 261 acre, Spring Fed, All Sports Lake located 2.15 hours from Chicago and 15 mins from Swiss Valley Ski area. This home sits on 75' level lot, sandy beach and gentle slope into the lake. Open concept floor pl...

1961-#42 Camp Madron Buchanan, MI 49107

Listing Price: $ 489,000

MLS #: 14009251

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2 / 1

This serene and picturesque dwelling functions perfectly as either an isolated sanctuary or a home base for socializing. Camp Madron has 250 acres of natural beauty, with miles of woods for walking or hiking, tennis courts, and a 60 acre lake for tho...

69640 Shady Ln White Pigeon, MI 49099

Listing Price: $ 475,000

MLS #: 14014187

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 / 1

Peaceful Lakefront Living on 240 acre All Sports Long Lake. This contemporary 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home sits on a secluded 1 acre lot with 140 feet of Sandy Beach frontage. Lots of living space. Spectacular Sunsets. Enjoy fishing, skiing, and relax...

63700 Birch Rd Vandalia, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 449,000

MLS #: 14014185

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2 / 1

4 bed, 2800 sq ft home on 295 acre all sports Birch Lake. This Year Around Home Has Been Totally Remodeled. Open Floor Plan, Bright New Kitchen, Large Rooms and Closets. 2 Bedrooms Have Sliders to the Private Balcony Over Looking the Lake with Grea...

17381 Lakeview Dr Vandalia, MI 49095

Listing Price: $ 449,000

MLS #: 14001518

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 / 0

Donnell Lake, Walkout Ranch 2400 sq feet, 4 bed, 3 bath, located on Large lot with 120 feet of frontage, Sandy Beach, Southern Exposure. Donnell Lake is a 240 acre All Sports Lake located 2 hours from Chicago, and minutes from Swiss Valley Ski Area....

70865 Wayne St Union, MI 49130

Listing Price: $ 425,000

MLS #: 14014205

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

Newly Updated 3 bed, 2 bath Walkout Ranch on Coverdale Lake. Located on 97' of frontage on 37 acre No Wake Lake - connected to 240 acre all sports Long Lake. Enjoy Lakefront living without all the traffic of an All Sports Lake. Minutes from the 8...

2325 Portage Rd Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 419,000

MLS #: 13030153

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5 / 1

This 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home, built in the 1800's and still standing strong, has undergone a number of additions that have made it great for group living situations - children home from college? Parents or grandparents some extra care? Looking to ...

69480 Oak St Union, MI 49130

Listing Price: $ 415,000

MLS #: 14002867

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 1

Beautiful Year Round Home on Baldwin Lake. 3 Beds, 2.5 baths, Optional 4th bedroom. Master Suite w/ bathroom and Walk-in closet. Sandy Beach, and deep at end of Dock. Home 95% Rebuilt in 2001, excellent finishes, quality construction. 3 Car Gara...

420 Maple Ln Buchanan, MI 49107

Listing Price: $ 399,000

MLS #: 14009783

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 / 0

Located on Wagner Lake, Maple Beach is a 66 acre+-sit condo that is wooded with 24 cottages that were new in 2005. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Maple Beach in this private gated community west of Buchanan. Home is located lakefront with gorgeous ...

63 Diamond Isle Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 375,000

MLS #: 14004337

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1 / 0

Escape to the Island. 3 bedroom 1 bath, Lake Front Cottage Located on Diamond Isle. Enjoy the majestic views and the best sunsets in Southwest Michigan. Located on 1020 acre All Sports Diamond Lake. Sandy Beach, Crystal Clear Spring Fed Lake. 2 Hour...

62641 Tulip Tree Ln Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 359,000

MLS #: 14008626

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

Diamond Lake Waterfront Home, 4 bed, 2 bath Ranch on 81' Level Lot on the Bay. Open kitchen and spacious living areas. Large private swimming area, sandy beach and level drop off into the lake. Diamond Lake is 1020 acre Spring Fed All Sports Lake, ...

3160 Portage Prairie Trl Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 329,900

MLS #: 13024704

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3 / 0

This 4-5 bedroom walkout ranch home features 3 full baths, and a high end kitchen with tiled floor. Top quality construction is apparent right away. The ceilings of many rooms boast their own unique features: from the cathedral ceiling in the livin...

61686 Colony Bay Dr #21 Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 325,000

MLS #: 14009745

Property Type: Condo/Coop

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1 / 1

Maintenance Free Lakefront Living on Diamond Lake. 3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath Condo. Updated throughout. Master bedroom, with deck overlooking the lake. Single car attached garage. Enjoy the in ground pool, tennis courts, picnic area and playground area...

67728 Crooked Creek White Pigeon, MI 49099

Listing Price: $ 309,000

MLS #: 14001705

Property Type: Condo/Coop

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2 / 1

Maintenance Free Lake Front Living on Klinger Lake. This 4 bedroom, 2 Bath Condo is designed with lakefront living in mind. Located on 840 acre All Sports Klinger Lake. Klinger Lake is located less than 2.25 hours from Chicago and 45 mins from Not...

1961 Camp Madron #22 Buchanan, MI 49107

Listing Price: $ 299,000

MLS #: 14008486

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

This Camp Madron Home features a delightful 2nd level living space of solid windows, overlooking the beautiful flowering gardens thar are surrounded by woods. The home has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main level, with a loft over the screened porch ...

414 Maple Lane Buchanan, MI 49107

Listing Price: $ 299,000

MLS #: 13003410

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

LAKERONT HOME IN MAPLE BEACH. Home adjoins association beach overlooking Wagner Lake with the beach and pool just steps away. This home is decorated with impeccable taste and quality and features a Great Rm w/ dining area and stone fireplace. Additio...

2627 Lake Shore Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 276,000

MLS #: 14014423

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1 / 0

3 bed, 1.25 Bath Ranch on Barron Lake. Barron Lake is a 200 acre, All Sports Lake Located 1.45 hours from Chicago and 20 minutes from Notre Dame. This is a one owner, well maintained home located on a 40' level lot with a Sandy Beach....

71094 Indiana Lake Dr Union, MI 49130

Listing Price: $ 275,000

MLS #: 14014195

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3 / 0

2 Story, walkout, 5 bed, 3 bath, home on Indiana Lake. Located on 60' of Sandy Beach front. One owner home, very well maintained. Indiana Lake is a 122 acre Private, Spring Fed, All Sports Lake in Southwest Michigan, located minutes from 80/90, less ...

16638 Filley Dr Vandalia, MI 49095-8714

Listing Price: $ 274,800

MLS #: 13057365

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 1

Turnkey Home on Donnell Lake. 246 Acre, All Sports Spring fed Lake. Sandy Beach. Located 2 Hours from Chicago. This 3 Bed, 2.5 bath Lakefront Home is set up with Lake living in mind. Gorgeous views, level yard for entertaining at the water's edge...

1243 Rose Dr Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 224,000

MLS #: 14014189

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

2 bed, 2 bath walkout ranch on 200 acre all sports Barron Lake. Located 1.45 hours from Chicago and 20 minutes from Notre Dame. Sandy Beach, lower level guest quarters, Home may be sold Turn Key for additional $5k, pontoon and jet ski negotiable....

146 Diamond Isle Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 197,000

MLS #: 14011070

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1 / 0

Escape to the Island. 2 Bedroom, 1 bath Cottage located on Diamond Isle. Deed access to 50' * 350' Waterfront Lot Shares with 10 Owners just steps from the cottage. Located on 1020 acre All Sports Diamond Lake. Sandy Beach, Crystal Clear Spring ...

324 Plymouth Colony #25 Buchanan, MI 49107

Listing Price: $ 184,900

MLS #: 13049973

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

This unit was a model for the development and features, wood floors, newer appliances, newer roof shingles, stone wood burning fireplace, freshly sealed logs, screen porch and open deck. Starr Valley is one hundred plus acres with walking trails, cr...

611 Park St. Joseph, MI 49085

Listing Price: $ 164,900

MLS #: 14007268

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

This 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom home in the historic district is only 2 blocks from downtown St. Joseph, and 4 blocks from Lake Michigan. The home has some new carpeting, with wood floors and a bay window in the living room, and wood floors in the la...

14855 Lake Shore Dr Vandalia, MI 49095

Listing Price: $ 149,000

MLS #: 13056803

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 / 0

Birch Lake Access. 3 Bedroom, 2 bath Year Round Cottage with Public Access just down the street. Price includes an additional 50*100 back lot, tax ID 1412007005200. Birch Lake is a 290 acre all sports lake located 2 hours from Chicago....

1283 Pleasant St Buchanan, MI 49107

Listing Price: $ 110,000

MLS #: 14008426

Property Type: Single Family

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1 / 0

. This lovely cottage comes with a view of all sports Clear Lake and association beach access. The cottage is remodeled and as cute as can be - the siding, roof, windows, deck, furnace, and central air conditioning are all newer, along with the ...

2002 US 31 #7 Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 39,900

MLS #: 14012596

Property Type: Condo/Coop

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1 / 0

Waterfront property on the St Joseph River with Magnificent River Views and Access for a Fabulous Price. Relax on your own porch or the association gazebo. Or go down to the river and enjoy the waterfront. This unit has been totally repainted and re...

Crooked Creek Rd Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 659,000

MLS #: 13002898

1.28 acres on Diamond Lake a great location for your future estate. Large enough for complete privacy and extra amenities not available on smaller lots. Lot is flat on top with a gentle grade to the lake. Mature trees are abundant and provide shade for those hot summer days....

2210 Riverwalk Dr Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 260,000

MLS #: 13063992

FABULOUS ST JOSEPH RIVER FRONTAGE. Low bank for easy access, mature trees on this 13+ acres. There are trails so you can walk the property and enjoy the widelife....

22217 Forest Hall Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 250,000

MLS #: 13069057

50 foot buildable lot with sandy beach on Diamond Lake. Seller says Bring an Offer....

11805 Pucker St Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 219,900

MLS #: 13056597

This beautiful 40 acre parcel is perfect for your estate. Situated on the corner of Pucker Street and Chapel road site gives you great privacy. Approximately 20 wooded and 20 tillable acres. Mature woods would be great for hunting and recreation. Property has a pole barn 30 x 40, and well (that needs electrical power to hook-up). The 20 tillable ...

62643 Tulip Tree Ln Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 165,000

MLS #: 14008629

Diamond Lake Lot - 82 feet of frontage, level lot, sandy beach located on the bay. Diamond Lake is 1020 acre Spring Fed All Sports Lake, Located 2 hours from Chicago, Close to Notre Dame, Swiss Valley Ski area, Wineries and more....

Wildwood Dr Dowagiac, MI 49047

Listing Price: $ 145,000

MLS #: 13045568

Great lot on Little Crooked Lake at the end of Wildwood Drive. The lot is at a point so a new home would have a panoramic view of the lake with a walkout possible. Sandy beach with a short walk down to the water from the level part of the lot....

5 Long Lake Dr #5 Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 145,000

MLS #: 13015502

Build your dream home overlooking Long Lake. Property is wooded and private. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating on this beautiful 80 acre all sport lake which is spring fed. Permitted for a private boardwalk and pier. Gated association. Assoc. fee $300.00 per year....

9 W Peninsula Dr Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 129,000

MLS #: 14006633

Build your Lake Retreat on this 50 foot gentle sloping Shavehead Lake Lot. SANDY BEACH. Shavehead Lake is a 289 acre, spring fed, all sports lake (89' Deep) located 2.15 from Chicago and minutes from the 80/90 Toll Road. Swiss Valley Ski area and wineries are a short drive away. One of the last buildable lots available on Shavehead Lake....

513 Dunewood St. Joseph, MI 49085

Listing Price: $ 110,000

MLS #: 11049746

Phase 4 of Edgewater Dunes, a new residential development in the City of St. Joseph, Michigan. Less than 700 feet from Lake Michigan beaches. Take a leisurely walk or short bike ride to charming downtown St. Joe, St. Joe River Yacht Club, West Basin Marina, Jean Klock Park, Tiscornia Beach, the piers and lighthouse. Best seat in town for 4th of J...

11-E Long Lake Dr Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 99,000

MLS #: 10002672

Quiet wooded property that you could build a home with a walk out basement to enjoy the 80 acre all sport lake which is spring fed. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating on this beautiful lake. Permitted for a private boardwalk and pier. Assoc fees are $300.00 per year....

46 Camp Madron Rd Buchanan, MI 49107

Listing Price: $ 89,000

MLS #: 13050960

Vacant lot in Camp Madron which is a 250 acre community of only 49 home sites which are separated for privacy. This development features a 60 acre spring fed lake with a beach for swimming, community lodge, apple orchard, tennis courts, softball field, caretaker on premises, hiking and cross country ski trails. Each owner may have a garden spot n...

Long Lake Rd #6 Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 60,000

MLS #: 12043863

Build your home on this waterfront lot on all sport Long Lake. 2 plus acres in a gated site condo development. All the lots are large and wooded so privacy is not an issue.Association Beach has a boat lauch and docks available for owners who are not lakefront....

1 Long Lake Dr Cassopolis, MI 49031

Listing Price: $ 55,000

MLS #: 12045455

Price reduce $25k Absolutely beautiful, cleared, and ready-to-build 2.5+ private wooded acres in Long Lake West development. Great care has been take to clear out the entire property of dead trees and limbs, saplings, and under brush. 20 dead trees removed have been mulched on site to create beautiful walking path and driveway. The resu...

117 Hummingbird Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 50,000

MLS #: 13058075

Beautiful 1 acre tree lined corner lot in Longmeadow Development. Longmeadow is a planned community located in Southwest MI with residential homes set in nature. The development has easy access to South Bend and St Joseph. Property sizes vary from 1 to 5 acres. The development has common areas for enjoyment of wildlife, fishing, cross country ski...

114 Bridle Path Niles, MI 49120

Listing Price: $ 49,900

MLS #: 13032959

This lot just east of Buchanan located in Longmeadow Development overlooks a large private pond and shares frontage with the association. The common areas in this development will be left natural and includes ponds and wetlands. This lot overlooks the picturesque private stocked pond. This is the only lot left overlooking the pond so don't miss th...

Why Niles, Buchanan, and Three Oaks are Great Places to Live

Berrien County is justly famous for its frontage on Lake Michigan. From New Buffalo north and a little east, the coastline is impressive. Its bluffs and dunes, rocky crags and sandy beaches, offer many leisure-time activities. There are public beach areas and parks and the coastal area includes attractive communities, high end shopping, and expensive homes.

No location within Berrien County is more than a 25 minute drive from the four-season panorama the Lake provides. Running east from the entryway to Michigan boundary line.. The Highway extends to and beyond the eastern border of the County. It features a corridor of land, residences, and affordable real estate.

Niles, Buchanan and New Buffalo

Three population centers grace this route. Farthest east is Niles (population app. 20,000); then proceeding west 5 miles is Buchanan (population app. 6,000); and then another 10 miles to the Village of Three Oaks (population app. 2,000). You now are only about 5 miles from the starting point at New Buffalo.

These three communities shore the geography of the rest of the County. There is a good reason for this: The ice ages, especially the last, the Wisconsin glaciation, scoured the entire region, its ebbs and flows carved out the many rivers and lakes, the moraines and plains, as well as the rock outcroppings and gentle hills.

The climate along this southern corridor is a favorable one. In spring it fosters the growth of grapes, spring flowers, and morel mushrooms; in the summer it offers nearly perfect conditions for boating, swimming, and fishing; in autumn the spectacular colors of fall foliage; while in winter there is skiing, ice fishing, and mile after mile of snowmobile trails.

The Educational Climate

The educational climate of these southern corridor communities is also very favorable. The school systems of Niles, Buchanan, and Three Oaks (River Valley) are separate but share in that excellence. The dedication of teachers and administrators is supported by the concern of parents as well as the general public. Athletic facilities, activities and the spirit of competition are encouraged but not to the extent of overcoming academic achievement. Both Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College maintain branches that serve Niles and Buchanan directly. Universities like Andrews (Berrien Springs), Notre Dame, and Indiana University at South Bend are close by and offer cultural events, entertainment venues, and outstanding education and research.

Historic Significance

The historic significance of this southern tier runs deep. The first humans in the region were nomadic. They are likely to have followed the northern movement of the Wisconsin glacier, stopping long enough to have developed distinct cultures, but still dependent upon the movements of game and the changing seasons.

Hunting and, fishing remain prominent activities in this region—deer, turkey, small game, trout, salmon, pike, and panfish, are plentiful. If you are very fortunate, morel mushrooms may be found in the spring. Fortunately, both the wooly mammoth and the mastodon, hunted by the first humans in the region, became extinct!

The chemistry these three communities have in common is the atmosphere of the small town—its trust, friendship and close family ties—with easy access to Chicago, Detroit, South Bend, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids. Niles, Buchanan and Three Oaks offer the best of many different worlds.

Here are just a few of the special features of each community.

Niles, Michigan

Niles, Michigan is called the “City of Four Flags” for good reason. This rich heritage is now commemorated at the Fort St. Joseph Museum in the downtown area. The museum houses and displays exhibits and artifacts from the establishment of that Fort in 1691 by the French. As much commercial as military, the French maintained the loyalty of the Miami and Potawatomi Indian tribes in order to promote and to protect French trade, mostly furs, over that of the British. The British, however, took control of the Fort in 1761. It is argued that too much alcohol, incompetent commanders, and bad policies toward the Indians left the region under more and often less British control. In fact, even a Spanish raiding party captured the Fort in 1781, raised the Spanish flag, and looted what they could. They left after one day. The Treaty ending the American Revolution granted the area to the colonies and was soon followed by settlement and the establishment of Niles. Thus, the “City of Four Flags.”

Niles today is replete with historic buildings of elegance and style. The St. Joseph River cuts through the city and its banks include much public space for walking, running, or just meditation. For the very energetic, there is a will-constructed and well-maintained skatepark. Many festivals and events are held in these public areas: among them, the Niles Riverfest, Bluegrass festival, Apple festival and Parade, and the Hunter Ice festival with its professional ice sculpture exhibition.

In 2007 Niles was listed by Forbes Magazine as the best Small Place for business in Michigan. Later that year it was also chosen the Michigan Main Street Community of the Year.

Buchanan, Michigan

Buchanan, Michigan, though smaller than Niles, exhibits the same hospitality as the larger city. It also shares with Niles the pleasures of the St. Joseph River. The bluffs and hills overlooking the river are of outstanding beauty. Consider a fall day toward dusk, with its leafs of many colors, and you can almost ‘see and feel” the American Indian campfires from long ago.

Downtown Buchanan celebrates its founding in the 1830’s by updating its historic past. Pears Mill, established in 1853, continues to show visitors the operation of a water-powered flour mill on McCoy Creek. Alongside it is the Tin Shop, dating from 1865-66. Today it is a civic theater offering live performances from June through September. Within easy walking distance there is also the Buchanan Commons—an open space used for band concerts, picnics, and a farmers’ market. Just a short distance father is the Buchanan art Center, while in the opposite direction is the magnificent McCoy Creek Trail.

Just outside Buchanan is the world-famous Fernwood Garden and Nature Preserve. Open year-round, it offers beautiful gardens and tranquil forests. The Nature Center, Clark Art Gallery, Fern House, and a fine dining room enhance the glorious scenery open to the visitor.

Buchanan shares with its smaller neighbor, Three Oaks, entry to some of the best grape growing and wine producing regions in the United States. Lemon Creek, Tabor Hill, and Round Barn are wineries that produce high quality products as well as offering tours and wine tasting.

Three Oaks, Michigan

Three Oaks, Michigan rests upon a gently-uplifted “hill,” a kind of “oasis” in the rich agricultural land around it. The centerpiece of the village is the large Warren Featherbone Factory, dating back to the late 19th century. Warren had the entrepreneurial vision to substitute turkey feather quills for the whalebone stays used in the corsets of that age. Time has been kind to Warren’s imagination. The factory is still intact and open to the public. It also features a wine shop, a stage and theater, a lawn and garden store, and now, the opening of more that a dozen loft apartments.

Three Oaks boasts a unique festival in June. It is the annual Flag Day celebration. It is billed, properly so, as the world’s largest Flag Day Parade and Festival. Floats, marching bands, shopping bargains, competitive events and yes, lovely ladies—all combine to make this a popular crowd-pleasing event.

For the most part, however, Three Oaks gives its residents a sense of openness. Spacious parks, public areas, and playing fields extend out into fields and forested regions. Visitors and residents can also extend their mental senses on the basis of two venues, the Vickers and the Acorn. Vickers offers first-class cinema featuring top Oscar nominees and award-winning foreign films, while the Acorn features live performances from opera, to jazz, popular singers, and local jams.

These and many other activities are proudly supported by Radio Harbor Country (WRHC), a non-profit, all volunteer station, that continues to offer music of every kind—rock, blues, swing, classical, and modern sonic—but also features many “one of a kind” shows. The motto of the station is appropriate: “One hundred watts of power, 1000 watts of community.” New talent and shows are always welcomed.

The old and the new come together in Thee Oaks. Gone are the three massive oaks that gave rise to the name of the Village in the 1850’s. Both the Featherbone Factory and Dewey Park, however, continue to take the mind back in time. In 1899, President McKinley commemorated the patriotic support of “Three Oakers” for the War of 1298 by contributing a cannon Admiral Dewey had taken from a Spanish warship. The park today is the annual center for a premier bicycle event, The Apple Cider Century Race. It draws a crowd of over 7,000 cyclers, many of whom take the longest, a hundred mile, ride through many of the scenic back-roads of southwest Michigan.

The small downtown area is filled with small shops, many of them mindful of the past but featuring up-to-date products. The list includes a bookstore, an old-fashioned drug store, two taverns, numerous antique stores, a gun shop, post office, an elegant library housed within a National landmark bank building, an ice cream shop, art galleries, and a number of delis featuring speciality food items. All of these offer patrons the friendly service we usually associate more with the past then the present.

The communities of Niles, Buchanan, and Three Oaks are in many ways distinct; however, together they form a whole that is more appealing than the sum of its parts. One very early pioneer who traveled this land called it “a bit of God’s paradise on Earth.” Without boasting, it still remains “pretty darn good.”

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